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Alumni Events for Fall 2009

 

Dear Alumni,

The new semester has begun, and our halls are once again filled with students eager to join your ranks as alumni. We have a number of events planned for this semester. I'd like to highlight a few and invite you to join us:

 

October 1 - Lawlapalooza

Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual Battle of the Bands, benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund, which provides summer fellowships for Brandeis School of Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. We hope that you will join us at Phoenix Hill to cheer on your fellow - musical - alumni and to support this important program.

 

October 7 - Law Alumni Banquet

You are cordially invited to the Law Alumni Awards Banquet on October 7, 2009. The Banquet will be held at the Seelbach Hilton at 500 Fourth Street. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed at 6:30 p.m. by dinner and the program.

We are excited to spend this time with you as we honor several individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal community and to the work of the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law.

We will be honoring the following individuals for their tremendous accomplishments:

  • Alumni Fellow - Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson
  • Lawrence Grauman Award - Robert L. Ackerson
  • Distinguished Alumni/ae Award - Kathleen Pellegrino, Mary E. Barrazotto, Shelton R. Weber, Ronald E. Meisburg, Judge Geoffrey P. Morris
  • Recent Alumnus/a Award - Demetrius "D" Holloway
  • Dean's Service Award - Thomas M. Williams
  • Excellence in Teaching Award - Kathleen S. Bean

 

October 9 - Pirtle Washer 

In town for Homecoming? Then join us on October 9 to see our students put to the test their trial practice talents at this annual competition. The competition will run 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom.

 

December 11 - Law Council Holiday Party

Each year, the law school and Alumni Council host a holiday party. This year will be no exception! Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for this annual holiday event.

 

For additional alumni news, please visit one of the following links:

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Academic Success Tip - Focus

Do you ever feel that you have put in time but do not understand or recall anything that you heard in class or read in your casebook?  Do you ever “zone out” during class or study time?  One of the most essential study skills is the ability to focus.  Here are some general tips that you might want to consider:

  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night so that your brain cells can be ready to work productively for you
  • Take short 5- or 10-minute breaks every 90 minutes of studying
  • Take a 30-minute break after you have been studying for 3 or 4 hours
  • Take a short 5-minute break if you completely lose your focus and cannot get it back with more active study strategies: asking questions; reciting out loud; talking with someone else about the material
  • Find a setting where you can study without interruptions or distractions
  • Have all of your supplies and study materials gathered and ready for use before you sit down to study
  • Eat a light snack before studying to assuage hunger pangs: an apple; a box of raisins; a handful of nuts; a granola bar
  • Use ice water to keep you alert instead of coffee or sodas

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam - November 2009

Are you planning to take the November 7 MPRE?  The deadline to register for the exam is September 29.  You can register online at http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/guidelines/registration.  The fee for the MPRE is $60.  The registration fee is nonrefundable.

Kentucky Bar Exam - February 2010

Are you graduating this December and planning to take the Kentucky Bar Exam in February 2010?  The bar application filing deadline is October 1, 2009, and several items are required at the time of filing your application.  If you need help navigating through the many requirements, please stop by the Academic Success Office in Room 212. 

Free MPRE Review Course

Kaplan PMBR is offering a free MPRE review course for November examinees.  The course features:

  • Online Course Flexibility – practice your questions or watch the lecture when you want, where you want.
  • Full-length Practice Exam – experience the actual exam time constraints and test your knowledge.
  • Two online workshops - question-by-question review of core concepts and how they are tested.
  • Substantive Outline Book – contains the most recent revisions to the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) and Code of Judicial Conduct (CJC).
  • Online MPRE Qbank (quiz bank) - create customized tests, review detailed answers and analyze your strengths and weaknesses.

If you are interested, you can register by phone (800.523.0777), or online at http://www.kaptest.com/Bar-Exam/Law-School-Success/Professional-Responsibility/MPRE-online-course.html?cid=707448

Academic Success Tip - Outlining

How are your course outlines coming along?  By now, you should have enough information in each course to begin outlining.  Then, you want to add to your outlines regularly – preferably every week or every other week.  Remember that your outlines will be your primary study aids for exams.  Once you have a good outline for a segment of the course, your class notes and case briefs will no longer be your focus for that part of the material.  If you missed the outlining workshop this week, you can review the presentation online at the Academic Success webpage http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/academic-success.  If you have any questions, please stop by the Academic Success Office (Room 212). 

Free MPRE Review Course

Kaplan PMBR is offering a free MPRE review course for November examinees.  The course features include:

  • Online Course Flexibility – practice your questions or watch the lecture when you want, where you want.
  • Full-length Practice Exam – experience the actual exam time constraints and test your knowledge.
  • Two online workshops - question-by-question review of core concepts and how they are tested.
  • Substantive Outline Book – contains the most recent revisions to the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) and Code of Judicial Conduct (CJC).
  • Online MPRE Qbank (quiz bank) - create customized tests, review detailed answers and analyze your strengths and weaknesses.

If you are interested, you can register by phone (800.523.0777), or online at http://www.kaptest.com/Bar-Exam/Law-School-Success/Professional-Responsibility/MPRE-online-course.html?cid=707448

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam - November 7, 2009

Are you planning to take the November 7 MPRE?  The deadline to register for the exam is September 29.  You can register online at http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/guidelines/registration.  The fee for the MPRE is $60.  The registration fee is nonrefundable.

Diversity Forum to Address ENDA

Keys to the Door: ENDA, Transgender Identity, and Community
September 29, 2009, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Room 275


Sponsored by the Diversity Committee and the Lambda Law Caucus, with the following co-sponsors: ACLU of KY, ACS, BLSA, Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, SBA, UofL LGBT Services Office.

A  three-person panel will discuss ENDA generally, the case for inclusion of transgender people in ENDA, and the politics of ENDA.  

This event is part of the UofL Pride Week celebration and will include a light lunch from Expressions of You (available at 11:30 AM).

Daily Giveaway: The Grand Prize Winner Is...

Congratulations Jason Crosby! You've won an iPod Touch. Please retrieve your prize from Dean Bean.

 

Thank you to all who submitted a completed orientation evaluation form!


Additional Winners:

Richard Williams - Louisville Law mug

Patrick Benzick - 50 Blue Books

David Erhart and Kristie Wetterer - Westlaw laptop bag and highlighter pen

 Charlie Mingus and Lindsey Noller - Louisville Law lunch bag

Adam Monich (unclaimed) and George Murray -  UofL Brandeis Law Orientation t-shirt

Nancy Vinsel - 1 GB thumb drive from Westlaw

Robert May and Natalie Smith - "Justice Louis D. Brandeis: The People's Attorney" DVD 

Jasmine Fogle and Jennifer Lynch - Westlaw thermos

Sadaf Aulakh - Louisville Law portfolio and 10 printed resumes

Erica Bindner-Wooten, Thom Stevens, and Earlene Whitaker - Westlaw laptop bag and highlighter pen

Tyler Jolley (unclaimed) and Amanda Warford - Louisville Law mug

Vince Kline, Amanda Prager (unclaimed), Joe Tackett, and Alex White - UofL Brandeis Law Orientation

Michael Brenyo and Lani Burt - Westlaw thermos

Joshua Abell (unclaimed) and Greg Mayes (unclaimed) - 1 GB thumb drive

Molly Block and Nathan Fort - "Brandeis at 150: The Louisville Perspective"

Riley Duck - a red leather basket filled with a Louisville Law thumb drive, candy, blue books, and more school supplies